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Birmingham Plumbing Contractor Fined For Endangering Workers At Montgomery Excavation Site

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Federal safety regulators hit a Birmingham, Ala.-based plumbing contractor with nearly $44,000 in fines for violations, saying the company “deliberately ignores OSHA safety standards, exposing its workers to trench cave-in hazards.” Stephens Plumbing Inc., a commercial and residential plumbing contracting company, was performing trenching and excavation work on the Eastern Boulevard in Montgomery when an Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) inspector from the agency’s regional office in Mobile visited the work site. OSHA initiated the inspection as part of its National Emphasis Program on trenching and excavation work – a national effort to drive down the number of worksite ... Read More

Frozen vegetables recalled due to possible listeria contamination

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CRF Frozen Foods, based in Pasco, Wash., is recalling 15 of its frozen vegetable items due to concerns that the frozen foods may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Listeria was found in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and organic white sweet cut corn during routine testing at the facility by Ohio health officials. Affected products were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between Sept. 13 and March 16, 2016, to the following states – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, ... Read More

Family of Alabama woman files Xarelto wrongful death lawsuit


The family of an Alabama woman is suing Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Healthcare, and their related companies, over claims that the companies’ blood thinner Xarelto caused injuries that contributed to her death. Clarence E. Perkins, on behalf of the estate of Opal L. Perkins, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, naming Janssen Research & Development, Jansen Ortho, Jansen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer Pharma, Bayer Corp, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Healthcare AG, and Bayer AG. The lawsuit alleges the companies fraudulently represented Xarelto to the medical and health care community. ... Read More

Drastic Workers’ Comp Cutbacks Devastate Workers While Boosting Insurer Profits

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Legislators in most states have been rolling back workers’ compensation benefits over the last decade, and the cutbacks have been so radical that “they virtually guarantee injured workers will plummet into poverty,” according to an investigative report by ProPublica and NPR. Traditionally, workers’ comp has been a compact between employers and workers that benefited both; employers would pay medical bills and enough wages to help workers seriously injured on the job get by until they could work again. In return, workers waived their right to sue their employer. But since 2004, when the federal government stopped monitoring state workers’ comp ... Read More

Texas Truck Driver Charged For Deadly I-65 Montgomery Crash


A Houston, Texas-based truck driver has been charged with three counts of criminally negligent homicide in connection with a March 2015 crash that killed three family members on Interstate 65 near Montgomery, Alabama. A Montgomery County grand jury indicted commercial driver Khoury Thomas, 47, in February 2016. He was arrested on March 31 and is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond. On March 2, 2015, Mr. Thomas was driving a tractor trailer along I-65 south. Witnesses reported that traffic on I-65 south near Hyundai Blvd. slowed to a crawl due to debris on the ... Read More

New Invokana side effects lawsuits filed in NJ federal court


Three lawsuits filed by patients alleging they suffered kidney damage and heart disease from Johnson & Johnson’s type 2 diabetes drug Invokana have been filed in federal court in New Jersey. The lawsuits name Johnson & Johnson, its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp., the company that developed Invokana, as defendants. One of the lawsuits was filed on behalf of South Carolina resident Cornelius Benjamin. It claims Benjamin began taking Invokana to treat his diabetes in April 2013. He suffered a stroke and kidney damage, and died two months after beginning treatment with Invokana. Another lawsuit, filed by ... Read More

FDA warns health care providers, patients not to use Medaus drug products


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public not to use drug products manufactured by Birmingham, Ala.-based Medaus Pharmacy due to concerns that the products are not sterile. Medaus drug products were distributed nationwide and internationally. The warning comes after a recent inspection by the FDA of Medaus’ facility, during which investigators found insanitary conditions including poor sterile production practices. Those issues raised concerns about the company’s ability to assure the sterility of the products that it produced. Administration of a non-sterile product that is intended to be sterile could result in serious and potentially life-threatening infections or ... Read More

April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month;” police gear up to detect and pull over offenders


Distracted driving, the alarming yet growing trend among U.S. drivers, may seem innocent enough to those guilty of perpetuating the problem, but that doesn’t mean police departments aren’t actively working to put it to an end once and for all. That’s why April has been declared “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” and as a result, more police are putting in the extra effort to catch offenders. “This will cut down on traffic collisions and injuries and deaths,” Sgt. A.M. Pilgreen with the Montgomery Police Department (MPD) in Alabama told reporters with WSFA. “Officers will specifically be looking at texting and driving. ... Read More

Family of Marine killed in Osprey helicopter crash files wrongful death lawsuit

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Helicopter - U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Michael Sheehan

The family of a U.S. Marine killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission in Hawaii last year has hired the Beasley Allen law firm of Montgomery, Ala., and Honolulu lawyer Melvin Y. Agena to represent them in a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging design defects in the V22 Osprey helicopter caused the deadly crash. Lance Cpl. Matthew Determan died May 17, 2015, from crash injuries he sustained when the Boeing-made V22 Osprey helicopter he was training in attempted to land in dusty conditions. The family’s complaint, filed in federal court in Hawaii, alleges the air filtration system in the ... Read More

Fracking Puts 7 Million People in the U.S. At Risk Of Man-Made Earthquakes, Survey Finds

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A steep escalation of domestic fuel production in recent years has already taken a giant toll on the environment with unprecedented numbers of pipeline ruptures, oil spills, gas leaks, and fuel train crashes; now a new report finds that seven million U.S. residents are at risk of man-made earthquakes as well due to widespread fracking activity. According to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the highest risk of hydraulic-fracking-induced earthquakes are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. Oklahoma, which normally experiences just one or two earthquakes a year, has experienced hundreds since fracking swept the state in ... Read More